Last Saturday morning was one of the saddest mornings I had. I was trying to key in Channel 45 but I ended up with CNN and I encountered another horrifying news in America, in Newtown, Connecticut to be exact.
26 promising lives ended in an instant at Sandy Hook Elementary School: 20 children ages 6-7 (12 girls and 8 boys), together with their teachers, school psychologist and principal. The perpetator, Adam Lanza, according to CNN, a 20-year-old man, with a personality disorder.
Before shooting those 26 innocent lives to death, his first victim was his very own mother. You can read more of this story HERE.
Until now, the thought still horrifies me. I shared with my husband this news and he was also deeply saddened by it. Being parents ourselves, we could not help but think of our daughter’s safety because in a few more years, we would also be sending her to school.
Now the question lies, “How safe are the kids today?” I was sharing with my husband this morning that I just realized that the Philippines is still more blessed because this kind of shooting escapades is not rampant in our country (Thank you so much, God!). We all know how public schools in the Philippines are. Sandy Hook Elementary School, if my recollection serves me correctly, even had a security door, which none of our public elementary schools have.
With this Connecticut Carnage that happened, it frightens me as a mom and I begin to question: how safe will my daughter be in school or in any other public places? I’ve worked for 3 years in a security firm and I’ve learned in the process that there is no such thing as absolute security. My husband, who’s a security professional, could also affirm to this truth.
Let me borrow my husband’s words on this when I asked him about his reaction to this mass shooting and his feelings as a father, and his direction for our family:
“There is no absolute security because threat, danger or accident comes in our most unexpected time. Nowadays, we don’t know how people think; we can hardly determine who’s the good one, and who brings threat to us. As a military father, what I can do to keep my child safe is to teach her to be smart and self-confident. She must know what to do if someone bullies her in school, etc. In short, she must know how to appropriately react to any situation she meets. As parents, we must carefully plan and consider her safety always by choosing the best place for her to be–to keep an eye on her if she wishes to attend her music class and choosing the best school next to our home, if possible. But since I am always away, prayer is my best protection for my wife and daughter.”
Today, I am reminded that as parents, we don’t own our children. We are only the earthly stewards of these souls from God. I’m deeply moved by the interview of one of the victims’ father when he said that at this point of losing her bright, creative and loving daughter, he only offers acceptance, compassion and forgiveness.
My heart and prayers go to each and every family who lost a part of them on that Friday morning shooting incident. I may not know you personally but from a parent’s heart to yours, I pray for God’s peace and loving arms to wrap you in this time of mourning. I remember you all today from the Philippines.
There is power in a praying parent! When was the last time you prayed over your children? They may be sleeping soundly tonight as you read this, but I encourage you to hold their hands right now and pray like you’ve never prayed before. We can find absolute security in the Captain of our Salvation!
In this time of brokenness as a mother, with cries of violence here and there, my husband and I put our trust in the Lord for Noa.
I’d like to share a Psalm to all of you. May you also find God’s comfort in these words:
Psalm 121:1-8, Contemporary English Version
I look to the hills! Where will I find help? It will come from the Lord, who created the heavens and the earth. The Lord is your protector, and he won’t go to sleep or let you stumble. The protector of Israel doesn’t doze or ever get drowsy. The Lord is your protector, there at your right side to shade you from the sun. You won’t be harmed by the sun during the day or by the moon at night. The Lord will protect you and keep you safe from all dangers. The Lord will protect you now and always wherever you go.